Thursday was world press freedom day, and I ask God to bless framers of our constitution 1992 and the courts who continue to uphold, affirm and reaffirm free speech and free press as guaranteed in chapters 5 and 12 of the constitution.
God bless those who fought for these rights and those who dedicate themselves to guarding and the responsible use of these rights in the national interest. On the occasion, I celebrate a guy I met as a receptionist at Luv fm in Kumasi in 2003 and whom I feel flattered by his repeated thankful reminders that I was the first to teach and edit his first of what he now has lost count of despite that they continue to win him awards.
Stories and documentaries that have affected various communities, stopped wars, freed those who don’t deserve to remain in prison, and now to the rescue of babies and mothers. Thanks to Chief Justice Georgina Wood and her judges selected over locked and forgotten.
Thanks to First Lady Rebecca Akufo Addo and Second Lady Samira Bawumia, you will be immortalised for this salvation evangelism over next to die. We owe loads of gratitude to the Media Foundation for West Africa for its peculiar role in protecting journalists and providing needed refresher and new skills training. Mr. Government, please pass the RTI law now! Media owners and managers give your employees their due.
But like I noted in MY TAKE last Saturday “Don’t sell your conscience for those insulting and demeaning handouts, not even the promise of cars, houses to be procured with cash stolen from law-abiding hardworking tax-paying citizens, or promise of better-paying jobs.
“All agencies of the mass media shall, at all times, be free to uphold the principles, provisions and objectives of this Constitution, and shall uphold the responsibility and accountability of the Government to the people of Ghana.” Let article 162 - 164 especially guide your every action in this job."
Samson Lardy ANYENINI
May 6, 2017